Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Hyaluronic acid injections are normally used for the treatment of osteoarthritis by reducing pain and improving the function of our joints. Research has shown hyaluronic acid injections reduce cartilage erosion and periarticular fibrosis and improve normal movement patterns, e.g. walking/running gait. Hyaluronic acid injections are licensed for use in any joint in the body (except the spine). Patients who are active particularly favor these injections as they work to nourish and lubricate joints mimicking the body’s natural synovial fluid, which generally becomes depleted and less viscous with age. From one course you can expect relief for 9-12 months. Ostenil (hyaluronic acid) is widely used in Sports Medicine, and is used by most UK premiership Football clubs, Rugby clubs, Cricket clubs and the British Olympic Association.
The injections can be used on a regular basis if required as they have no known side effects, and they are not known to be detrimental to the body’s tissues in any way. Because of its level of safety, hyaluronic acid is classed as a ‘medical device’ rather than a drug. For optimal affect, chronically swollen joints can be injected first with steroid to reduce inflammation and then injected with hyaluronic acid around 4 weeks later, reducing the need for repeated steroid injections. Complete Physio clinical specialist physiotherapists have worked with hyaluronic acid injections for many years and are thus able to give expert advice as to the usefulness for any particular patient presentation. All hyaluronic acid injections are delivered with image guidance to maximise their effectiveness.
To see more information you can download the Hyaluronic Acid Injection leaflet here.